The Sonoma Woman’s Club presents “The Best of Vox Populi” tonight, Jan. 17, for a 7 p.m. show. The show is a benefit for the Woman’s Club. Formed in 2007, Vox Populi is the brainchild of local musician Mark Dennis. The number of choir members has swelled to more than 70 fun-loving, talented singers who perform multi-harmony versions of well-known rock and roll songs. The choir is backed by the Plan Be Band as well. Advance tickets are available at Readers’ Books or at the door.
The Sonoma Community Center has the annual “Chili Bowl Express” tonight, Jan. 17, with the Cadillac Converters performing at 5:30 p.m. The Cadillac Converters play an eclectic blend of original and cover tunes drawing widely from country, blues, bluegrass, folk and rock. The act consists of Steve Dungan on dobro and vocals, Pat McCarty on guitar and vocals, Mohawk Blade on guitar and vocals, Louie Fererra on guitar and vocals and Gill Gardner on bass. Dungan, Blade and Ferrera all create their own songs, many of which have become premium grade fuel for the Converters and several can be heard on Ferrera’s second and recently released “Late Bloomer.” Gardner, the Converters bassist, is also an accomplished jazz guitarist-composer and his creations can be heard on his CD, “Pangaea’s Dream” Advance tickets are available at the Sonoma Community Center box office or at the door tonight if available.
Saturday, Jan. 18, the Sonoma Community Center presents “Black and White Jazz” as part of a three-show series. In separate concerts, tonight’s show features vocalists Connie Ducey, Janet Lynn and Dee Dee Pickard performing signature numbers by George Gershwin, Cole Porter and Duke Ellington. The Feb. 1 show features songs from Harold Arlen, Jimmy Van Heusen and Rodgers & Hart with the March 8 show showcasing Johnny Mercer, Henry Mancini and more. The vocalists will be backed by the Black & White Jazz Quartet, featuring Tim Wat on piano, Erik Nelson on trumpet and vocals, Andy Dudnick on bass, and Jimmy C on drums. “Black & White jazz brings these great composers to the forefront by sharing their greatest work and, hopefully, sending our audience away with a new understanding and appreciation of both the music and the composers who built The Great American Songbook,” said Sonoma Community Center’s Executive Director Toni Castrone. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the Center box office until 3 p.m. today, then at the door if available.
The Epicurean Connection presents the Orchid Killers tonight, Jan. 17, for a 7:30 p.m. show.Saturday, Jan. 18, it’s 2 Friends and a Benz, also for a 7:30 p.m. start. Sunday, Jan. 19, it’s the Leftovers kicking off at 1 p.m.
The Annex Wine Bar has Zen Stew tonight, Jan. 17, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, it’s Sean Carscadden and Cliff Hugo, also for a 7:30 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
The Erik James Tasting Room has music tonight, Jan. 17, with Charlie Hickox, Tim Eschliman and Snakebite Jacobs, kicking off at 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, it’s Macy Blackman’s Praline Trio, also for a 7 p.m. show. There is no cover either night.
Murphy’s Irish Pub has the Cork Pullers tonight, Jan. 17, for an 8 p.m. show.
The El Verano Inn presents Latin night tonight, Jan. 17, with Los Traviezos De Jolibud and El Nuevo Sabor Latino. Saturday, Jan. 18, the inn presents Fallen’ Anjel along with special guests Don Trotta and Chris Caselli. Showtime is 8:30 and there is no cover.
The Blue Moon Saloon has karaoke on Saturday, Jan. 18, kicking off at 9 p.m. It’s the continuation of the blues jam on Sunday, Jan. 19. Showtime is 10 p.m.
Showcase the Band will be at the Moose Lodge on Sunday, Jan. 19 for a 4 p.m. show.
The Plaza Bistro has the Bryan Girard Quartet tonight, Jan. 17, for a 7 p.m. show. Born and raised in San Francisco, jazz saxophonist Bryan Girard majored in music at SF State University and has performed in and around the Bay Area for over three decades. He has also worked in Canada, Europe and Japan as well as participated in various tours throughout the United States. There is no cover for the show.
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Editor’s Note: While there is no shortage of great concerts in Sonoma, sometimes it is fun to get out of the Valley. Here’s what you can hear within 45 minutes of fair Sonoma.
Pat Jordan Band – Friday, Jan. 17;
HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol; 829-7300
Sean Hayes – Saturday, Jan. 18; HopMonk Tavern – Sebastopol;
Roy Rogers & the Delta Rhythm Kings – Saturday, Jan. 18;
Mystic Theatre – Petaluma; 765-2121
Rock Candy – Friday, Jan 17; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
Zoo Station – U2 Tribute – Saturday, Jan. 18; HopMonk Tavern – Novato; 415-892-6200
RATT (yes, really) – Wednesday, Jan. 22;
Phoenix Theatre – Petaluma; 762-3565
Santa Rosa Symphony – Mozart Experience – Sunday, Jan. 19;
Donald and Maureen Green Music Center – Rohnert Park;
The 7th Sons- Friday, Jan. 17; Redwood Cafe – After Dark – Cotati;
David Lindley – Friday, Jan. 17; Sebastopol Cultural Center – Sebastopol; 823-1511
Richie Blue – Saturday, Jan. 18; Twin Oaks Tavern – Penngrove;